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2/24 - AMERICANA MUSIC by Lee Zimmerman

Come hear a local freelance music writer, Lee Zimmerman, talk about his new book Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries and Pioneers of an Honest Sound at Union Ave Books on Sunday, February 24th @ 2pm. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

With roots in Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans, the Piedmont, Memphis, and the prairies of Texas and the American West, the musical genre called Americana can prove difficult to define. Nevertheless, this burgeoning trend in American popular music continues to expand and develop, winning new audiences and engendering fresh, innovative artists at an exponential rate.

As Lee Zimmerman illustrates in Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries, and Pioneers of an Honest Sound, “Americana” covers a gamut of sounds and styles. In its strictest sense, it is a blanket term for bluegrass, country, mountain music, rockabilly, and the blues. By a broader definition, it can encompass roots rock, country rock, singer/songwriters, R&B, and their various combinations. Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins, and Tom Petty can all lay valid claims as purveyors of Americana, but so can Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and Jason Isbell. Americana is new and old, classic and contemporary, trendy and traditional.

Mining the firsthand insights of those whose stories help shape the sound—people such as Ralph Stanley, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Paul Cotton and Rusty Young (Poco), Shawn Colvin, Kinky Friedman, David Bromberg, the Avett Brothers, Amanda Shires, Ruthie Foster, and many more—Americana Music provides a history of how Americana originated, how it reached a broader audience in the ’60s and ’70s with the merging of rock and country, and how it evolved its overwhelmingly populist appeal as it entered the new millennium.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LEE DAVID ZIMMERMAN is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capitol Records and director of communications for various CBS-affiliated television stations, he lives in Maryville, Tennessee.

 

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:00pm
Address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Books: 
Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries, and Pioneers of an Honest Sound (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781623497019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Texas A&M University Press - January 23rd, 2019